Hulled vs Un-Hulled Sesame

What is the difference between hulled and un-hulled sesame seeds?

Sesame seeds have an exterior hull that can be removed. Un-hulled sesame seeds are brown because of the hull while hulled sesame seeds are completely white.

Both are similar in terms of the range of nutrients they provide, that means whether sesame seeds have their hulls or not, they are rich sources of calcium, fiber, potassium, magnesium, antioxidants and other micro-elements.

Sesame seeds are also rich in B and E vitamins, but there is more vitamin E in an ounce of the hulled seeds than in the same serving size of the whole seeds. This is because most of the vitamin E is on the inner part of the seed.

There is a difference in flavors between hulled and un-hulled sesame because of oxalates in the hulls. Oxalates are compounds which can be found in variety of other food products. These compounds can have a bitter flavor. As a result, un-hulled sesame seeds have a slightly bitter taste. Hulled sesame seeds have a milder nutty-flavor, which makes them popular topping for hamburger buns.

Because of the differences in flavor and texture, there are different ways to use hulled and un-hulled sesame seeds. For example, Tahini prepared from un-hulled sesame seeds tastes bitter, and has a rougher texture. The mild taste of the hulled sesame seeds makes them best for desserts and breads where they provide toasty flavor notes and crunch, combining perfect sesame’s nutty taste with sweetness of the bread.

When should  you use hulled sesame seeds and when should you use un-hulled sesame seeds?

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